We decided to take a little detour from our plans and skip Prague and drive to Slovakia from Poland. But to get to the capital, Bratislava, we had to drive through the Czech Republic (once joined with Slovakia) – 3 countries in a day. Can’t say we saw much, but our little detour did save us a possible 300 euro fine thanks to a polish truck driver who hailed us down to let us know that we needed a toll sticker for Czech and Slovakia. Very helpful, but of course he did later ask us for money for the favour. Nothing is for free in Europe (even to use the toilets can cost us to 1 euro).

We entered Slovakia, the rain stopped and the skies opened up (for a couple of hours) long enough for us to set up camp in Trencin, a small town not too far from the capital. A helpful Slovakian lady, Ingrid, helped us secure a site for the night in a campsite that had just closed for the summer season two days earlier. She joined us for a beer and told us what life was like as one Czechoslovakia, about working in Afghanistan and Nigeria, and what local sites we should see. This is what it is about – the people.

We closed out eyes taking one last look at the Trencin castle from our roof top tent window…ready to explore the 14 century castle and village streets the next morning and sample Modra wine in the afternoon, on the way to Bratislava (Slovakians do actually make wine and it is really nice).

The next day we explored Bratislava – wow, another beautiful city.  Endless castles and picture perfect scenery scatter Slovakia. 

We highly recommend a visit.

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